Uncle Ricky’s Top Ten Best Guitarists in the World: A Definitive Ranking

We know there are many talented guitarists in the world. But who ranks at the top? Who’s really number one? In this article, Ricky ranks the top ten best guitarists in the world. Why? Because it’s important to appreciate his heroes, and it’s also fun to argue about music. Click here for his list of these guitar greats and why they made it onto the list.

Define “best guitarists in the world”

First, let’s clarify what Ricky means when he says “best guitarists in the world.” In this list, he ranks guitarists who are most well-known. They’re either famous for their albums or their interviews on TV, radio, and other media.

He’s not ranking guitarists based on their technical talent or skill level. There are many guitarists who may be more talented than the ones on his list but they’re not as well known to mainstream audiences.

Uncle Ricky’s Top Ten Guitarists in the World

In order to establish his list, he says he looked for guitarists who were skilled, but also influential. If you’re looking for sheer skill, Jimi Hendrix is one of the best guitarists to ever live. His groundbreaking, eclectic playing style has influenced generations of musicians.

The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards is also an excellent guitarist who remains innovative and relevant today.

On the other hand, if you think about guitarists who are influential to popular music, he includes Chuck Berry and Duane Allman. Chuck Berry introduced many elements of blues into rock ‘n roll like slap bass and lyrics about girls (he wrote “Johnny B. Goode”). He set the stage for every artist that came after him in terms of incorporating different genres into rock ‘n roll music.

Duane Allman was one of the most important session players in history, but he’s also a legend because of his work with The Allman Brothers Band. They’re widely regarded as one of the most influential bands in American Rock History and their sound would not exist without Duane Allman’s contributions.

There are so many talented guitarists out there that it’s difficult to rank them all! But here’s his list…

Why these 10 ranked at his top

There are a lot of different guitarists out there, and it can be difficult to decide who is the best. But based on his personal opinion and experience, these 10 have proven themselves to him time and time again.

1) Slash: One of the most famous rock guitarists in history. He started playing at age 7 with a cheap plastic toy guitar from Sears Roebuck. His sound has been described as “a combination of Jimmy Page’s power chords and Jimi Hendrix’s leads.”

2) Eric Clapton: From Cream to Blind Faith to Derek & The Dominoes to John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton was a part of some of the most influential bands in rock history. He was ranked 4th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

3) Stevie Ray Vaughan: Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of the most influential blues-rock guitarist in history. Rolling Stone Magazine placed him at number three on their list of 100 Greatest Guitarist Of All Time after Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman. Vaughan died tragically in 1990 due to complications from chemical dependency, but his albums still stand as some the best blues guitar recordings ever made.

4) John Frusciante: He is best known for his time with the Red Hot Chili Peppers where he helped them achieve mainstream success with Blood Sugar Sex Magik, which hit number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.


These are Ricky’s top 10 guitarists in the world. They are ranked on their career achievements, versatility, innovation, originality, stylistic diversity, and number of album sales.

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Django Reinhardt

3. Chuck Berry

4. Bo Diddley

5. Johnny Cash

6. B.B. King

7. Wes Montgomery

8. John McLaughlin

9. Paco de Lucia

10. Robert Johnson